(Dry) Body Brushing Benefits

I can’t be the first person to tell you the importance of taking care of your skin. You can put on makeup, you can get your hair done, you can even have surgery, but unless you look after your skin, it can become lack lustre, dry and damaged and this can be difficult to recover from. 

It may seem laborious, but the secret to instantly healthier, more polished skin lies in the simple regime of dry body brushing; the two minute task for a lifetime of better skin.

It can very easily be worked in to your routine, and because it is dry as soon as you have finished you are good to go! It is so simple to do as well.

How to perform a dry body brush

Begin at the ankles, and work upwards in gentle, circular motions. Always begin at the ankles in upwards movements towards the heart; the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so you should brush in the same direction (excluding the back, in which you should brush from the neck down to the lower back.) If you have time; finish with a shower to remove any impurities left on the skin. A two minute brush over your body before you shower on a morning has bountiful benefits just waiting for you to discover!

The dreaded cellullite

Cellulite is something most women suffer with, and it can often be very difficult to get rid of. It is caused by a build-up of toxic materials in fat cells, which surface as globules under the skin which gives that bumpy appearance. The circular motions on the skin increase blood circulation to the targeted areas, which in turn helps to break down the toxins, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite. The more even distribution of fat deposits also helps improve the appearance of muscle tone. It is in fact one of the most effective ways to minimise cellulite, even when compared to expensive cosmetic treatments.

This reduction of toxins is also beneficial for your health.

Improved vascular blood circulation assists in lymphatic drainage. The lymph system is part of your body's immune system and helps fight infection. Lymph itself is a clear, slightly yellow fluid. It transports nutrients and oxygen to cells, collecting toxins on the way and flushing them out through the lymph nodes. The release of toxins encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic waste, helping the body to run more efficiently.

Dry body brushing is a brilliant way of helping to remove dead skin cells, whilst simultaneously encouraging skin cell renewal (brought about by the improved circulation.) The bristles are precise, and can easily lift the cells away from the skin, and the improved cell regeneration means your skin is left with a glowing, polished appearance. It also helps with ingrown hairs.

There are surprising health benefits linked to body brushing.

The circular movements stimulate nerve endings in the skin which actually encourages rejuvenation of your nervous system. This has benefits not only on a cellular level (in which nerve cells are repaired) but the therapeutic nature of the activity is very calming, and can actually help to reduce stress.

Taking time for yourself, and in particular time to take care of your body has been proven to help reduce stress and boost positivity. Body brushing also helps the skin to absorb more nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. Using a natural moisturiser after body brushing such as coconut oil helps the skin not only retain moisture, but absorb beneficial active ingredients contained within for instantly softer and healthier skin.

Dry body brushing is offered in expensive spa treatments, or similar options which replicate its effects at high prices.

Cleo’s new range of body brushes start at just £8.95, and offer the same benefits as hundreds of pounds worth of treatments! And the best part? Once you have it, the product is yours! It doesn’t run out, it doesn’t cost you more money once you’ve bought it, and you can use it whenever you like! Spa standard treatment readily available at your fingertips, at a fraction of the price! The new brushes are available here.